Left and Right, or Being who/where you are

An online devised performance directed by Ioana Jucan

In this time of intense divisions, a left partisan and a right partisan speaking with each other seems like an impossible conversation – or, at least, a conversation that is impossible to have meaningfully on certain so-called “hot-button” topics and complex realities, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or immigration.

This devised, interactive online multimedia performance stages scenes that feature such conversations … performed by both human actors and bots. The human and machinic actors play different characters that embody, complicate, and deconstruct different types of performative, prescribed political identities on the left-right spectrum (approached with a US-focus but through a transnational lens). These political identities are shown to be not static or unalterable, but rather, the result of relational, performative processes that occur over time and with technology. Theatrically playing with(in) these processes, Left and Right aims to call forth more capacious ways of being – and being political.

Commissioned and presented by the Brown Arts Initiative as part of REMAKING the Real.

Performance dates: Feb 10-15, 2021.

Concept and Directing: Ioana Jucan
Actors: Marcela Mancino, Patrick Elizalde, Fabiola Petri, Andra Jurj
Online Performance Environment Design: Tong Wu, Yuguang Zhang, Nuntinee Tansrisakul
Bot Design: Roopa Vasudevan
Choreography: Adriana Barza
Research Leader and Performance Consultant: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Dramaturgy: Melody Devries
Theatrical Design: Marcela Mancino
Sound and Video Design: Peter Bussigel
Production Manager: Madeline Greenberg
Bot Conception Support: Anthony Burton